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Happy Birthday Martin Luther King (Scholastic Hardcover) Hardcover – January 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
  • Series: Scholastic Hardcover
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (January 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590440659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590440653
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,688,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This effective collaboration between Pinkney ( Sukey and the Mermaid ; The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural ) and the prolific Marzollo presents a gentle, pared-down version of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life. Geared to preschoolers, the author's brief narrative outlines those of the leader's civil rights accomplishments that this audience is most likely to understand and appreciate, among them those that enabled African Americans and whites in the South to sit together in buses, drink from the same water fountains and attend the same schools. Marzollo's language is equally accessible: "His dream was that people everywhere would learn to live together without being mean to one another." Meticulously employing scratchboard and oil pastels, Pinkney uses intricate series of fine, white lines to create stunning, exquisitely shaded illustrations. Ages 3-7.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-- An eloquent and powerful introduction to the life and death of Martin Luther King, Jr. This simplified summation leaves out most of the details, while bringing the essence of his life and work to young readers. A foreword offers options for softening the facts surrounding his murder for preschoolers. Pinkney's scratchboard and oil pastel illustrations convey both the strength and gentleness of King's character. Both text and art carry his central message of peace and brotherhood among all people. This is a good choice for reading aloud. Adler's Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Holiday, 1989) covers the same material with more detail. --Eunice Weech, M. L. King Elementary School, Urbana, IL
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Jean Marzollo was born and raised in Manchester, Connecticut.

She says, "As a child, I loved to read and sew dolls' clothes, one outfit after another. I am a graduate of Manchester High School, the University of Connecticut, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. After working as a high school English teacher and editor of Scholastic's "Let's Find Out" kindergarten magazine with Carol Devine Carson for 20 years, I began writing children's books. I have written over 130 books, including the award-winning, best-selling I SPY series for children, written completely in rhythm and rhyme. Rhythm and rhyme are like music without the tune; they lure and excite the ear. Children love rhythm and rhyme, and so do I. Do you know that I SPY actually has the same rhythm as "Old Mother Hubbard" and also rap? I treasure the beautiful, intricate photographs by Walter Wick in the I SPY books. When I wrote the first I SPY book, I automatically thought of kindergarten children so everything that I called for was concrete, something a 5-year-old can find. The result is a hunting game that children and grownups can play together successfully. Sometimes children are better than their parents! In recent years I took up painting and have begun to illustrate my own "books on paper" and "books online." You can see them on my website: jeanmarzollo.com. Writing and illustrating picture books today is as much fun as sewing dolls' clothes was when I was in third grade. As soon as I'm done with one book, I'm happily compelled to start the next."

Jean Marzollo lives in Upstate New York.

www.JeanMarzollo.com

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Audrey on January 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I've been searching for a short read about Martin Luther King, Jr. that would excite my first grade students and keep them focused on the background of this great American. The illustrations are lovely and the size of the book is perfect for classroom storytime.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 14, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I am a fifth grader at North Hills Traditional Academy.
I like this book because it tells how Martin Luther King grew up. And it was sweet how he grew up.
I like the book because the pictures are colorful and the story is sweet.
The thing I really like about the book is that it tells sweet things about his personal life, not just his public life.
Mostly, I really like it because it tells how he grew up and about his friendship with a little white boy.
It's really clever because it shows what Martin Luther King was like when he was young.
It's a great book. I think you should read it. And I know that you will enjoy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Volkert Volkersz on January 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
"Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King" fills a need for effective picture books for young readers about this important American leader. The scratchboard illustrations, although unusual for this format, create a vibrancy that enhances the text.
This narrative revolves around the statement: "The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., is famous because he helped our country change some of its laws." Then in simple language it goes on to explain some of the laws he helped change.
It goes on to say, "Poor people, rich people, white people, black people, and people from all around the world listened when Martin Luther King spoke." Of course, there is mention of his 1963 speech in Washington, D.C., where his "dream was that people everywhere would learn to live together without being mean to one another."
This is an excellent book to read aloud to younger students, although as a school librarian, I have seen it used effectively up to the 5th grade (like another reviewer here). Another good title that covers some of the same territory for young readers is "A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr.," by David A. Adler.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Bell on December 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Dr. King is a favorite hero among elementary school children. This book is the perfect way to introduce them to the life and philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The language is simple and the illustrations are interesting. I've found that although students know the "Happy Birthday" song, they aren't aware that Stevie Wonder wrote the song as a tribute to Dr. King. We always end our read aloud by singing a chorus of the song.
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